Helpful Tips for Developing Proposals From the Office of Sponsored Programs - Florida A&M University
- Provide advance notification to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) regarding your intent ao submit a proposal by completing and submitting online the Declaration of Interest Form found on the FAMU American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) website. OSP can assist you in developing your budgets, facilitating collaborations, and determining timeframes for the completion of your proposal and subsequent approval / submission.
- Submit the Proposal Review Transmittal Form (PRTF) along with the Proposal and the agency guidelines. The PRTF must have the appropriate signatures prior to submission to OSP.
- Ensure that the cover page/face page of the proposal is signed by Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, and not by the PI.
- Submit full proposals to the OSP at least six (6) days prior to the agency's deadline (receipt/postmark) date. If the proposal consists of several budgets, a consortium, or multiple-year funding, please submit proposal to the OSP at least ten (10) days prior to the agency's deadline date. Submit an advance copy of the proposal and/or budget to your Sponsored Research Representative by fax or e-mail. You may also hand deliver this information. An early review of the budget can prevent delays later and problems can be identified and corrected before the final proposal is ready.
- PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS DIRECTLY TO THE FUNDING AGENCY. OSP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROPOSAL TO THE FUNDING AGENCY. PROPOSALS ARE SUBMITTED EITHER BY COMMERCIAL CARRIER FOR NEXT DAY DELIVERY OR ELECTRONICALLY, IF REQUIRED.
- Organize sections of the proposal according to the agency guidelines.
Important Facts On:
- The authorized institutional representative is the only person who may commit the University to contractual obligation (as it relates to research).
- The authorized representative is Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Vice President for Research.
- The “applicant” or “applicant organization” and “legal name of institution” is Florida A&M University (FAMU), acting for and on behalf of the FAMU Board of Trustees.
- The mailing address is:
Florida A&M University
Division of Research
Office of Sponsored Programs
400 Foote- Hilyer Administration Center (FHAC)
Tallahassee , Florida 32307
- Make sure your budget is detailed, complete and reflects the funds necessary for the completion of the project.
- If no budget form is provided by the agency, include in your budget the applicable line items:
- Fringe Benefits
- Other Expenses
- Total Direct Costs
- Indirect Costs/Overhead
- Total Budget (Direct & Indirect Costs)
- Provide detailed justification for each line item request in the budget.
- Unless the funding agency specifies, the writer can use discretion in choosing a font/type style.
- A breakdown of costs per year should include allowances for cost increases in future years (personnel, equipment, and supplies).
- Travel requests should include specifics on the number of persons traveling, destination, airfare, registration costs, and per diem.
- When students are included in the budget, please show the number of hours, number of weeks, number of students, and the rate of pay used in your calculations.
- Indirect costs should be charged against all line items except tuition, scholarships, equipment, construction and each part of a subcontract in excess of $25,000.
- The negotiated indirect cost should be applied to all budgets unless a specific program has placed a ceiling on indirect cost recovery. Written verification is required in such instances.
- Proposals including cost-sharing/match must have written verification and documentation that identifies the committed sources (e.g., account numbers, letters of commitment from outside sources).
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